New Democrats Condemn Cut to Sleep Apnea Patients

January 23, 2018

Today, New Democratic Health Critic Andrew Swan condemned the Pallister government for cuts that will hurt Manitobans living with sleep apnea.

In an announcement today, patients were informed they would have to pay $500 for the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that is essential for treatment. In addition to a loss of sleep and productivity, untreated patients can develop higher blood pressure, suffer from heart attacks, and are at a greater risk of type 2 diabetes.

NDP Health Critic Andrew Swan called on the government to reverse the decision.

“This is a cut, plain and simple. Manitobans living with sleep apnea have just been handed a $500 bill to get treatment. How are patients on limited incomes going to afford this? How are seniors on fixed incomes going to afford this? Pallister’s government needs to reverse this decision and be there for Manitobans when they need it most,” said Swan. “Pointing people towards private insurance isn’t a solution, and the Pallister government knows this. Manitobans deserve better.”